A selection of headlines from stories in the news. They use English in a way that you might think is intended to confuse but it’s all perfectly clear to the native speaker.


The Sun substitutes ‘pot of bother’ for ‘spot of bother’ with its headline of ‘Council chief in a pot of bother’.  It’s a story about a council leader in Buckinghamshire who is responsible for fixing potholes. He smashed up his own BMW car when he hit a pothole, a four inch deep crater in the road, which caused £20,200 of damage as he burst two tyres and wrecked the wheels. 

A pothole is a hole in the road. 
If you’re in a spot of bother, it means you’re in trouble.